Price range
From $4700 per person
Upcoming Date
30-07 April 2022
Tour Time
9 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
Join the Greenwich Federation community to explore Israel's dynamic, diverse and exciting experience of Israel

Highlights

Explore Israeli culture through fashion, art, and social entrepreneurship
Exclusive culinary experiences
Meet thought leaders and people making a difference
Indulge in the Israeli Experience
Single supplement - $1400

Itinerary

1 - Wednesday (March 30) : Welcome to Israel

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Activities:

  • Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport - Upon arrival you will go through Customs, collect your luggage, and take a PCR test.

  • Transfer to Jerusalem and check into hotel

  • Opening conversation and meet your guide

  • Short tour of Machane Yehuda Market - In the heart of Jerusalem, a bustling multi-ethnic market bursting with life, art, and flavor, a tasting tour through Machane Yehuda market is an adventure for your taste buds. Enjoy the hustle and bustle with all the rich fragrances, colors and sounds this iconic Jerusalem market offers.

  • Dinner at Hamotzi - Israeli Master Chef winner Avi Levy combines a North African cooking style with a Jerusalem flare to create a rich kaleidoscopic of flavors using local ingredients from the nearby Machane Yehuda market.

  • Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Thursday (March 31) : The Many Shades of Jerusalem

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Begin the day with Dany Tirza - Tour the greater Jerusalem area with Colonel Danny Tirza, Security Expert and architect of the Security Barrier. View the city from many angles and engage in a conversation about the complexity of the barrier.

  • Explore the Old City including falafel lunch - Tour Jerusalem’s Old City. Meet people and places of the Old City. In the Jewish Quarter uncover the layers of Jewish history from the time of the First Temple until the present day. In the Christian Quarter visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Temple Mount. Throughout the tour explore the complexity of a city that is holy to these three major religions. You'll have tastings in the Muslim Quarter.

  • Return to the hotel to rest and refresh

  • Dinner on your own

  • 'Shtisel' Tours - Encounters outside the box - A taste of the Ultra-Orthodox world-walk the streets of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods, get to know the people, the food, and feel the vibrations of this life. On a busy Thursday night, when people are preparing for Shabbat, gain a more complex appreciation for the people by listening to their music, visiting synagogues, various institutions, seeing unique leisure, fashion, and art this world encompasses, and, of course by eating freshly baked challah.

  • Herbert Samuel

Overnight: Herbert Samuel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

3 - Friday (April 1) : Spiritual and Physical Depths

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Ela Valley - The Valley of Elah, "the Valley of the Terebinth" is named after the large and shady terebinth trees which are indigenous to its parts, and best known as the place described in the Bible where the Israelites were encamped when David fought Goliath

  • Picnic lunch- enjoy the creativity of the picnic baskets that were developed during COVID

  • Archeology with Shulie Mishkin - Explore Tel Beit Shemsh or Sha'arayim with Shulie Mishkin, expert archeological guide.

  • Tour Buster’s Beverages - Buster's is part of The Good Stuff Movement that was started by two dads who care about the future. They made a promise to make delicious products and to donate a portion of the profits towards a variety of goals. They the only craft brewery in the country that makes beer, cider, lemonade, and an entire line of spirits.

  • Return to Jerusalem with time to prepare for Shabbat

  • Shabbat dinner home hospitality

  • Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Saturday (April 2) : Shabbat Shalom

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Two options for the day: - Trip to Masada and the Dead Sea
    Shabbat in Jerusalem- option to go to local synagogue, text study, or Israel Museum

  • Masada National Park - Ascend the mountain from the west to explore Masada, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the Visitor Center reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.

  • Dead Sea Resort for swim and lunch - Israel’s Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, a stunning, other-worldly landscape of shimmering blue water ringed by bare, orange and yellow hills. The waters of the Dead Sea hold a potent solution of minerals and salts that have strong healing properties. Together with its ethereal beauty, these health-giving minerals make the Dead Sea’s beaches and spas popular vacation spots for Israelis and tourists alike. At one of the local hotels, have lunch and 'float' in the Dead Sea.

  • Ein Gedi-National Park - Ein Gedi nature reserve features Nahal David, a spectacular water hike for all ages. Trails in a range of levels of difficulty take you alongside and through the cool, sweet waters of Nahal David, down waterfalls, along jaw-dropping canyons, and past caves. If you’re both quiet and lucky, you might even glimpse the sure-footed ibex and other local animals.

  • Havdalah - Bring the group back together for Havdalah

  • Dinner on your own- we will suggest restaurants and make reservations at your request

  • Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem

Overnight: Herbert Samuel Hotel, Jerusalem
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

5 - Sunday (April 3) : Making a Difference

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Meet with Michal Kotler Wunsch - Kotler-Wunsch is a former Member of Knesset and now heads the NefeshBNefesh Institute for Aliya Policy & Strategy; is JFNA consultant functioning as a ‘scholar in residence’; and advises various organizations and initiatives.

  • Shalva National Center - Tour Shalva, a Jerusalem based organization that provides services to children with special needs and their families. Volunteer with Shalva’s special employees in the workshop. Help package teas with flavors from across Israel and lend support to their social enterprise.

  • Lunch at Cafe Shalva - Cafe Shalva is a boutique café that is also an equal-opportunity work setting where an inclusive staff work as managers, waiters, and hosts.

  • JDC visit in Ramle or Lod - Meet Jews and Arabs who have come together as a response to the civil unrest in Israel in May 2021 and find out how they are working to strengthen their shared society.

  • Tour Ramle with your guide - Ramle is a mixed Jewish-Arab city full of history and culture. Explore this unique city to uncover its special character.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • Dinner at a restaurant TBD

  • Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

6 - Monday (April 4) : Partnership Day

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive to Afula

  • Visit with your Partnership

  • Stop at The Spice Way - This local spice farm has been growing different herbs, spices, and medicinal plants for the last 50 years. Visit the farm and meet the owners to hear their story of pioneering, organic farming.

  • Continue to Bat Shlomo Winery - Taste wine and hear the incredible story of the Bat Shlomo Winery and settlement, founded by Baron Edmund de Rothschild.

  • Drive to Tel Aviv and check into your hotel

  • Dinner at Gueta - On Jaffa's Jerusalem Boulevard, across from the Gesher Theater, Gueta restaurant keeps to its traditional Tripoli style of cooking, using old recipes that have been passed through generations.

  • Special Dinner guest- Levi Lauer - Levi's concern for making social justice a priority of Jewish devotion led him to found ATZUM in 2002 to address glaring injustices and bring assistance to Israelis disadvantaged by inadequate access to public and private protection. Levi will talk about fighting sex trafficking in Israel.

  • Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Tuesday (April 5) : Tel Aviv Old-New City

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Visit Amigour with a special performance by their residents choir - Amigour: Subsidized Housing in Israel is a Jewish Agency subsidiary company that provides quality housing to new immigrants, single parent families, and the elderly. Each year, about 7,000 older adults, most of whom are Holocaust survivors, live in 57 Amigour sheltered living complexes that also offer social and cultural services. Amigour also manages 11,300 subsidized public housing apartments that are home to 40,000 Israelis.

  • Independence Trail - Inspired by the Freedom Trail in Boston, the new Independence Trail follows 10 stops of Tel Aviv’s heritage sites learning about the history of this great city along the way. The trail begins at the intersection of tree-lined Rothschild Boulevard and Herzl Street, home to Tel Aviv’s first kiosk. The trail ends across the street at Independence Hall, where on May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion read aloud the Declaration of Independence as Israel was declared an independent Jewish state.

  • Street Food Lunch

  • Israeli Fashion Tour - A fashion tour is a unique interactive way to introducing you to Israel and its culture. The tour addresses the relationship Israeli fashion has with the various aspects of living in Israel including identity questions, sub-groups in Israel, immigration to Israel, wars and cultural life and social entrepreneurship. During the tour, we will meet old and new fashion brands, designers who use ancient crafts and other professionals who use the best technology. We will walk, talk and shop.

  • KitePride will be included in the Fashion Tour - KitePride is an Israeli, Tel Aviv based fashion social enterprise. They create functional, one-of-a-kind BAGS from upcycled kitesurfing kites, sails, parachutes, and wetsuits in order to provide jobs to survivors of human trafficking and prostitution. Through each bag sold, continuous jobs are created and fabric is saved from landfill.

  • Or Bauhaus Tour - Tel Aviv has more Bauhaus buildings that any other city in the world, so many that it is designated by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. The buildings were designed by Bauhaus architects who immigrated to Israel from Europe in the 1930s and were influenced by the work of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius.Some 4000 Bauhaus buildings were built in the 1930s – a development which turned the city center into a quasi "open air Bauhaus museum" and earned Tel Aviv the nickname “White City.”

  • Dinner on your own

  • Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

8 - Wednesday (April 6) : Living on the Edge

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive to Netiv HaAsara - Striving for Peace at Netiv Haasarah, a moshav on the western border of Israel with the Gaza Strip. Visit the Peace Wall on the border. Meet Tsamaret Zamir, an artist and the creator of the project who will talk about life in the moshav in the shadow of the ongoing security situation – and about the hope of a good and peaceful future. Choose a colorful optimistic tile on which to write a personal wish and later glue to the border wall.

  • Continue to Shvil Hasalat - At the magical Shvil HaSalatl observe the most up to date agricultural technologies- the “high tech” of agriculture. At every stop of the tour, you will receive an explanation followed by you actually picking and eating your lunch right away!

  • Visit the Netivot Women's Empowerment Project or Ofakim ALMA Mechinah - The Women’s Empowerment Services (WE) providing life skills to female immigrants through life skills solutions.

  • Return to Tel Aviv

  • Dinner on your own

  • Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv

Overnight: Royal Beach Hotel, Tel Aviv
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

9 - Thursday (April 7) : Bringing it Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • After breakfast meet Joanna Landau of VIBE Israel - Vibe Israel is dedication to SHARING Israel’s story with the world, INSPIRING new ways to talk about Israel, and CONNECTING the world to Israel.

  • The Squadron Flight Simulator - The Squadron functions in accordance with the typical agenda of an active IAF combat squadron which includes donning a flight suit, professional flight instruction, mission and objective reception and acceptance, simulator flight, and a flight debrief in accordance with The Squadron’s research methodology.

  • Lunch on your own at Sarona Market - Sarona was a German Templer colony established in Tel Aviv during the Ottoman Palestine period in 1871. In the past decade Sarona has been revitalized as a commercial center with a modern food market at its center. Explore the area's history and enjoy tastings in the market.

  • Visit the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation - The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation is a leading non-profit and non-governmental organization focused on developing and implementing unique and cutting-edge programs. The center presents the incredible story of Israel, the "innovation nation", and showcases the diverse fields and people behind Israeli innovation.

  • Free time

  • Final Dinner

  • Transfer to airport

Overnight: Transfer to airport
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

FAQ

Are medical and travel insurance necessary? Where can I purchase it?

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Health Insurance

It is a condition of your booking through Via Sabra / Israel4All, as well as the State of Israel, that you obtain travel health insurance which includes coverage for COVID-19.

Travel Insurance

In addition, we strongly recommend that you purchase full travel insurance which includes coverage for ‘cancellation under any circumstances and for any reason’. It is recommended to purchase insurance as soon as the booking is made, as this cover is often dependent on purchasing as close to the time of booking.

You can purchase travel insurance with our partner, Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry, through this link.

What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel?

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The rules for entering Israel change often, and sometimes very quickly. Beginning November 1, 2021, and for the first time since the start of the pandemic, the Israeli government has outlined a plan to allow tourists to enter Israel. There are some minor differences between guidelines for individual tourists and those who will be participating in an organized tour. **Please note that all travelers are still required to be either vaccinated (all vaccinations approved by the WHO will be accepted) or recovered. Testing requirements may vary according to whether you are traveling on your own or with a group. All of our tours are planned in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Ministry of Health. We know that these rules and regulations can be confusing. Have questions? Click here to set up a time to talk with us. We can answer any questions you might have and then help you plan your trip! Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest updates on travel policies.

What happens if I need medical attention in Israel?

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The level of medical care provided in Israel, as well as the facilities available, rank up top with the very best in Europe or the United States. There are excellent hospitals in all the major cities and many hotels have a doctor on call. It is required to purchase insurance that includes coverage for medical emergencies (including COVID-19 coverage). For information about travel insurance, please click here.

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 45 days prior to first day of trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled until July 31, 2021 for a full refund.

  • After that date, your deposit will only be refundable if:
    • Israel closes its borders to tourism, or
    • If Israel implements a mandatory two-week quarantine for visitors
  • Israel may require that all visitors (or those from certain countries) take a PCR, serology or other test within 24 hours before and/or after arrival. They may require a 24 hour quarantine upon arrival. These will not be the basis for a refund but we will work with our tour company to credit us for the lost day of touring.

In the event that the tour becomes cancelled due to Israel’s tourism policy, the tour company will work with us to try to reschedule at a time that suits the majority of the group. Please note that prices of travel in Israel vary with the season.

Cancellations up to 45 days prior to departure, the deposit per person will be charged (non-refundable).
Cancellations between 45 to 30 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost per person.
Cancellations between 29 to 8 days prior to departure, entail a cancellation fee of 75% of the tour cost per person.
For 7 to 0 days prior to departure entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the cost of the trip

 

Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.

 

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

What’s Included
A private, licensed, English speaking tour guide v
Bottles of water, as needed, and snacks v
Fees for sites and activities listed v
Group transfers to & from the airport v
Hotel accommodation v
Meals as listed in the itinerary v
Transportation throughout the trip to all programmed activities v
Tips for tour guides and drivers v
Airfare v
Travel Insurance (recommended) v
Testimonials
“Not only was the experience reflective of top-notch quality and superb attention to detail, you were treated like family. ”
Elizabeth
2019
“This was my first time to Israel and it was truly an incredible way to experience everything this beautiful place has to offer. We focused mostly on culinary tours in markets, and our tour guide Orit know everything and was so organized getting us from place to place so we wouldn't miss anything. She even was able to make adjustments on the spot when things didn't go exactly as planned, and the whole trip felt very smooth for us- we didn't have to worry about anything! We also somehow managed to eat 3 dinners a night, there is no shortage of delicious food to taste. We learned so much from our guide and she had the best advice for where to explore in our free time. I would 100% recommend this experience to anyone who wants to get off the beaten path and experience the cultures in a whole new way. Can't wait to come back! ”
Meredith
2020

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Available only between October 1-10, 2021!!

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